GT200 soon for MacOSX.

Nvidia just announced new graphics card for Macs.

Quadro FX 4800 will arrive in May.

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lets see at specs of card : The Quadro FX 4800 is powered by 192 CUDA Parallel Processor Cores, 1.5GB memory size, 76.8G/s memory bandwidth, 150W power consumption and dual PCI slots.

It means it will be gt200(b) based card, so we will finaly get gt200 drivers for MacOSX.

on other hand, such memory memory bandwidth(compare to gtx260 with 448-bit memory bus and 111 G/s) .it will use  384-bit (at 1600 Mhz ddr clocks) memory interface.

Nvidia, is it defected parts?


  1. phil
    April 21st, 2009 | 11:23 am

    been waiting for an announcement like this for months now to upgrade to a GTX260 oder better..

  2. April 21st, 2009 | 2:56 pm

    Nvidia says it need OSX 10.5.7, so Apple will release it soon!:)

  3. netkas
    April 21st, 2009 | 3:32 pm

    NVidia says it needs 10.5.7 PLUS graphics update.

    10.5.7 itself doesnt have gt200 support

  4. Sabi
    April 21st, 2009 | 5:32 pm

    Hah just a bit after the 4870×2 nice…i cant wait to get this gtx 285 working

  5. Nick
    April 21st, 2009 | 6:52 pm

    netkas, don’t you think Apple will include gt200 drivers in final release of 10.5.7?

  6. April 21st, 2009 | 7:29 pm

    Hi netkas, great news..
    Will the GTX260 work well in osx in the future. If yes I’m
    planning to buy one. What do you suggest?


  7. kobaan
    April 21st, 2009 | 8:51 pm

    A card for 1800 USD, I don’t get it Apple.

  8. rxh
    April 21st, 2009 | 9:55 pm

    I have a Quadro in a mac for working with 3d apps and I can say it pays by itself once the performance raises. For gaming it’s not worth it. According to,2258-10.html memory bandwith is not the most important thing in these cards netkas 😉 The PC version of the card is priced at $1570, it is more expensive the mac version, as usual.

  9. netkas
    April 21st, 2009 | 10:40 pm

    for windows, u can convert some geforce into quadro even without flashing, using rivatunner. So you can save about 1300$ for beer and whores 😀

  10. Buglamp
    April 21st, 2009 | 11:23 pm


  11. oscarbg
    April 21st, 2009 | 11:25 pm

    I have a question netkas, altough I understand you perhaps don’t know exactly the answer what’s your intuition about (sorry if I am a newbie in Hackintosh):

    Will other GT200b cards work?
    This means if putting somewhere deviceid’s of cards don’t directly sopported by the driver (kernel extension in Mac world..) will do the job.. I’m thinking of a thing like is possible in Windows modifing a INF file for supporting new cards..

    specifically I’m interested in either a GTX275 or GTX 295..
    Will also the memory of the card affect the possibility of not being supported (I’m thinking about a GTX275 1792mb by EVGA)..
    I have seen reports of dual GTX 280 working in Snow Leopard (by AquaMac) using GFXStrings and also 9800GX2 working in Leopard..
    so with GT200 drivers in Leopard and GFXStrings seems doable a GTX295 to work..
    Keep in mind that a is a rather special GT200b implementation (a mix of a GTX 280 with 240 shaders but with gtx 260 memory bandwith)..

    Also I think all the rivatuner abilities for modding a card are limited to pre G80 cards.. I currently own a 8800GT and tried to mod them without succes after much reading about the topic. Please correct if I’m wrong..


  12. Sabi
    April 22nd, 2009 | 3:29 am

    count me in!

  13. cyclonefr
    April 22nd, 2009 | 11:11 am

    oscarbg : as usual Apple will put all GT200 product id in it, you shouldn’t have to modify anything to make a GTX200 card working… Just my opinion but it shouldn’t differ much than Snow Leopard once we get the kexts

  14. xauron
    April 26th, 2009 | 1:30 pm

    Netkas, this is false, you can’t convert with rivatuner since 6800gt.
    Yes it can convert the ID and you can see the name, but you can’t obtain the quadro capabilities.
    You can see it here:, and you can ask for it.

  15. netkas
    April 27th, 2009 | 12:57 pm

    I did it with my lappie’s g84 geforece card.

    It was seen as quadro, it was using quadro drivers, opengl was a bit faster (more scores in cinebench), and it installed pkg for autocad automaticaly on launch.

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